Russian teen kills classmate and herself, then injured others

    A 14-year-old girl shot and killed a classmate and wounded five others before killing herself on Thursday, Dec. 7, at a school in the western Russian city of Bryansk.

    Regional Governor Alexander Bogomaz described the shooting as a “terrible tragedy.” He said the five people wounded were all children with minor or moderate injuries.

    “According to preliminary investigation data, a 14-year-old girl brought a pump-action shotgun to school, from which she fired shots at her classmates,” Russia’s 

    Investigative Committee said in a statement.

    The statement said there were two fatalities (one of which was the shooter) and five people with injuries.

    Teenage Russian girl kills classmate and herself

    Investigators were working to determine a motive, the statement said.

    Bryansk is one of several Russian regions that have seen cross-border attacks in the course of the war with Ukraine, and where Moscow has encouraged the formation of self-defense units.

    There have been several school shootings in Russia in the past few years. The last major school shooting in Russia occurred in September 2022, when a man opened fire at a school in the city of Izhevsk. The attack killed 15 people, including 11 children, and wounded 24.